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Aug 28, 2007

Sevilla's Alves denies refusing to travel

MADRID, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Sevilla right back Daniel Alves has denied refusing to travel with the squad for their Champions League third qualifying round match against AEK Athens and the European Super Cup against AC Milan this week.

Club president Jose Maria del Nido publicly criticised the want-away Brazil international on Monday, questioning his professionalism for not flying with his team mates.

'It was decided by mutual agreement between me and the club not to be with the team at the moment,' Alves said in a statement carried in the Spanish media on Tuesday.

'The fact is the technical staff agreed with me before the team left, that I would train with the second team and of course I will comply with those instructions as with all the others they give me.'

Alves has said he still wants to leave Sevilla before the end of the transfer deadline, after a possible move to Chelsea appeared to have collapsed last week.

Real Madrid are also reported to be interested in taking him to the Bernabeu.

He has been one of Sevilla's outstanding players in recent seasons and was a key figure in their UEFA Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007 and their King's Cup victory last June.